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-The Global Leadership Adventures HQ Team
BLOG POST FOR JULY 27
It was a fabulous first day in the Dominican Republic!
Everyone is settling in well and getting to know one another!
We are just missing Joseph and Jorge with later arrivals! We can’t wait to welcome them into the GLA global health team!
BLOG POST FOR JULY 28
Today we started the first day with orientation, where we learned about the details of our trip. We met the home base dogs, including a six-week old puppy! Everyone rocked their swim tests, and we had fun in the pool twice today. We participated in medical brigade training, learning how to take vitals and to communicate with the patient in Spanish. We ended the night with our first lecture on global health from Dr. Enrique and a game of uno!
BLOG POST FOR JULY 29
Today we drove to Lagrua a community that is home to our inspirational local director Enrique! Our group helped support locals with a medical brigade and became further accustomed to the Dominican culture through interacting with the kids and speaking with other citizens. Lastly, after a long day of hard work we stopped at a supermarket for refreshing snacks and drinks before heading back to home base for dinner, mentor groups, and a motivational speech from Enrique. We are all having a great time and are thankful for the experience!
From Payton, Matt and James
BLOG POST FOR JULY 30
Today we rose bright and early to head on over to a sweaty bus ride to an amazing place. Where we began a long hard hot day of service. We mixed cement to built sturdy walls for the locals. It was amazing but draining. We met so many people such as a VERY friendly older man who talked to his donkey as they were his children. Shout out to our parents for sending us off to the amazing place.
Ciao mama! -Gea
BLOG POST FOR JULY 31
Today we all climbed to the top of a mountain. it was a long hot walk for everyone. when we got to the top we talked to one of the locals who told us about her life and daily activities in the village. some people took a tumble coming down the mountain. but we were all ok in the end.
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 2
Here are some photos from our Dudu Lagoon excursion adventure!
And we capped off this EPIC, AMAZING day with this wonderful sunset at Home Base.
BLOG POST FOR AUGUST 3
Today was a great day!
We started out at the Chocojoba chocolate factory (we know — you’re jealous already). But it’s also a really meaningful organization run by single mothers as a way to provide income. And we had the chance to taste some DELICIOUS chocolate while we were there.
For community service, we headed back to La Colonia to mix more concrete. And tada — we finished the floor of the house!
At Home Base, we learned about health care systems on the island in ways that challenged our perspectives. And then we finished out the evening with time to relax and with a fun group activity.
Here are some photos from today for you to enjoy!